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Crestron Outdoors

Posted by Evan Ackmann on Jul 10, 2015 4:23:00 PM

Summer is officially here and everyone is enjoying the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, barbecuing, or relaxing by the pool. You want to impress everyone with the best outdoor technology on the market and have it perfectly in sync with your indoor technology, so you never have to leave the party. That’s why Crestron provides the most advanced outdoor technology solutions to keep your entire home environment running seamlessly, making life easier and summer days more enjoyable.  

Crestron AIR®

AIR 2-Way Surface Mount Outdoor Speakers

The AIR 2-Way Surface Mount Outdoor Speakers (AIR SR4, AIR SR6, AIR SR8) follow the party wherever it goes, indoors and outdoors. The QuickBall mounting system lets you adjust the speakers with 360 degree positioning, giving you perfect sound wherever you go. Sold in pairs, they range in size from 4” to 8”, and come with a polypropylene woofer for deep bass. What’s great about these speakers is they come in different colors and can even be painted to match the surroundings of your yard. Their flexibility and sleek, weatherproof design will l fight against any sort of weather and leave you worry-free.

AIR SPEAKERSAIR Landscape Speakers

AIR Landscape Speakers (LS4t and LS6T) keep your outdoor technology up to date and brings crisp sound to all corners of your yard. The landscape speakers can be mounted anywhere you want outside and are easily disguisable to keep your property looking clean and natural. These speakers are sold in pairs, but give you the ability to connect more speakers to cover all corners and sections of your property, making sure your sound is heard loud and clear for any summer activity. These speakers range in size from 4” to 6.5”, and come in a natural, earthy bronze color or can also be custom painted to blend with your backyard scenery. When combined with the AIR landscape speakers, the AIR Dual 8” In-Ground Subwoofer gives you the ultimate party sound that will surely impress your neighbors.

 

Air Dual 8” In-Ground Subwoofer

Let the AIR Dual 8” In-Ground Subwoofer, AIR IGS82T, deliver the smoothest bass to your backyard. This subwoofer makes the perfect addition to your outdoor sound system because it’s barely visible. The AIR IGS82T is watertight and planted in the ground, exposing only a few inches of the port tube, resembling an outdoor mushroom. Like the landscape speakers, the AIR IGS82T allows you to connect multiple subwoofers for those who like to get the party started and enjoy that solid, heavy bass. It also comes in the same natural, earthy bronze color.

CSP-LSP

Now that the temperature has gotten warmer, stormy weather is seriously threatening our prized home technologies. Our control systems give us the ability to communicateCSP-LSP effortlessly with our homes, so protecting our solutions are extremely important.  How can we protect our outdoor and indoor Crestron solutions from electrical disasters and lightning strikes? The Cresnet® lightning strike protector, CSP-LSP, is a must-have accessory for anyone who cherishes their system. It protects any Crestron control system from irreversible damage that could occur during a storm. To protect the central control system, the CSP-LSP can be installed near the main equipment cabinet or at the point of entry of an outdoor Cresnet cable. With four-stage lightning suppression, you will never have to worry about the CSP-LSP failing and frying your system.

WPR-48

WPR-48Take control of your indoor and outdoor technology with the WPR-48, an incredible waterproof and wireless handheld remote that’s ready for any kind of outdoor or indoor activity. This remote comes with 9 to 48 available functions so you can link and control any solution you have in your home. It stays safe from bumps and drops with its durable, easy-to-grip case and is waterproof, so you don’t have to get out of the shower, hot tub, or pool to change the channel or put your favorite song on. Battery life isn’t an issue with this remote because its lithium battery promises an extremely long life and a quick charge in the docking station.  The WPR-48 can communicate through RF or IR and is compatible with any Crestron control system.

 

 

InfiNET EX® IOEX Wireless Control Modules

Controlling your pool and outdoor entertainment systems from anywhere inside your home is the perfect summer accomplishment. The INET-IOEX-RYIO and the INET-IOEX-IRCOM are Crestron control modules about the size of a deck of cards and are simply placed on or near the device you want to control. Compatible with 2-Series and 3-Series® control systems, these modules can control anything from your garage door, to pool and spa controls, outdoor and indoor lighting, and so much more. The best part about these control modules is their convenience. There’s no need to run in the house to grab your iPad® when you can reach into your pocket and control everything straight from your smartphone or WPR-48. These low cost devices can be used at the same time, are affordable, easy to set up, and will save you tons of money by eliminating expensive labor costs.

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Microsoft® Showcases Crestron Pyng™ at Computex Taipei 2015 Keynote Address

Posted by Evan Ackmann on Jun 5, 2015 4:34:00 PM

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This week during the Microsoft keynote address at Computex Taipei 2015, the largest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) trade show in Asia, Microsoft Vice President of Worldwide OEM, Nick Parker featured Crestron Pyng in his presentation about the Internet of Things (IoT). Parker discussed the benefits of connected devices and solutions like these to help make our lives easier and more productive, and help both individuals and businesses save time and money.

Parker went on to outline Microsoft’s strategy and business opportunities the Windows® platform creates for partners, such as Crestron, and showcased a range of the latest innovations of hardware on stage during the keynote.crestron pyng during microsoft keynote at computex taipei

Parker noted in a Microsoft blog post, “We also featured Crestron Pyng, elegant home automation technology that utilizes Azure™ IoT services to connect lighting, shades, audio, thermostats, door locks and security systems, so that everything works together intelligently to make life easier.”

Crestron Pyng was released in late 2014 and has been wildly popular among residential integrators and homeowners. It's the innovative new home automation platform that enables set up and control in just a few easy steps right from the iPad®.

crestron pyng at computex taipei

Technology integrators can rapidly create lifestyle scenes for each room, schedule events, and much more without ever opening a laptop. Crestron Pyng also empowers homeowners to confidently make changes to their scenes, settings, and even system schedules right from the app. Pyng makes your smart home even smarter by learning how technology is used so the system can be tailored to seamlessly blend with any lifestyle and save energy.


Computex Taipei 2015 welcomed the top ICT innovators and entrepreneurs from every corner of the world who gathered to showcase the most advanced and innovative products, attracting more than 38,000 international visitors.

Read more about the Microsoft keynote event here.

To learn more about Crestron Pyng, visit www.crestron.com/crestronpyng.  

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Evan’s Observations: Crestron App Now for Apple Watch™

Posted by Evan Ackmann on Jun 3, 2015 2:24:00 PM

 

After spending a long weekend with a 38MM stainless steel Apple Watch™, I started off a little skeptical about how a device like this might fit into life, either as a cool gadget, or functional tool. Based off of my personal use of the watch, here is my experience and reaction to wearable technology.  

Pairing

Crestron Apple Watch Active Web2The initial sync doesn’t make it clear what’s happening, and took about 30 minutes to get all of my relevant data over to the watch.As usual, the packaging was perfect and the watch came about 85 percent charged. When I started the pairing process, I noticed the watch has a “point cloud” floating around on the screen. All you do is point the iPhone® camera at the watch and voila, it’s paired.  Whether or not the point cloud conveys some sort of information to the device, it appears amazing.

 

The First Hours

The watch is constantly off and it was a little awkward getting used to the gesture to wake it up.  This is especially noticeable when I’m sitting at my desk reading a document and want to see the time. With a regular watch, it’s easy. With the Apple Watch, I have to do some strange wrist gesture to turn the display on. Driving home, I realized that the same motion that I used to turn my car to the right is the gesture that the watch is looking for to turn on, resulting in the watch being on for most my ride home.  It didn’t appear to impact the battery too severely.

The battery is a special concern for me and I can’t help but worry if it will last for a full day.  My first few days of testing this device resulted in using it far more than I normally would.  I recognize my abnormally high use right now, but I still can’t help but monitor the draining battery life. The good news is that the watch charges remarkably fast and I was able to go from about 35 percent to 95 percent in under an hour. 

 

Notifications/Reminders

Unless you cull the list of notifications going to the watch, your wrist will feel like everyone who walks by is tapping it.  Because I went through the effort of picking the things that could get to my wrist, I know it’s something important I want to see quickly; the watch allows me to do that – quick wrist flip, I have an appointment in 15 minutes, wrist down, done.

 

Crestron and the Watch

This is where we get to what it means for Crestron.  I won’t be hyperbolic and say that our watch solution will define the future of the company, but I would go as far to say, the kinds of things I want to show up on my watch are the kinds of things that will shape the future of our business.  This is an opportunity for us to leverage our technology and make homeowners feel more connected to their homes:

  • It looks like you’re headed home, do you want me to turn the lights on? <Welcome Home!/Dismiss>
  • You left without turning off the AC, should I take care of it? <Do it!/Dismiss>
  • Its bedtime, turn down the heat? <Cool me off/Dismiss>
  • Your son just got home. <Dismiss>
  • The basement light has been on for 3 days. <Turn it off./Dismiss>

Final Notes

Apple® sold millions of these devices and people are going to expect that we do something smart with them so that their watch can have value.  I believe it’s up to us to make devices like this valuable through higher level intelligence that we gather through our technology.  Highly personal devices like the watch are the future of smart homes and connected home-owners.

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Crestron App for Apple Watch™: Home Automation at Your Wrist

Posted by Evan Ackmann on May 18, 2015 5:05:00 PM

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Imagine you’ve just finished your typical morning run. As you approach your front steps, you realize you forgot to take your keys with you. What’s worse, you have a mandatory appointment in just 45 minutes. A wave of panic sets in. In that same moment, you remember that you just recently downloaded the Crestron app for your new Apple Watch™, which you’re wearing to track how many calories you burned on your run. Crisis over. You unlock the front door by navigating through your ‘home’ preset and adjust the house settings with ease.

The Crestron app for iPhone® now supports Apple Watch and is currently available in the App Store™. The app helps simplify home automation in many ways and makes forgetting your house keys a stress-free experience. The app provides you with convenience and comfort, giving you:

The best part about the app? Like all your other Crestron solutions, it allows for smooth and easy integration with your Crestron home control system, offering you a flawless, personalized experience, with the ability to monitor and control everything in your home, such as door locks, lights, and temperature.

What makes the Crestron App for Apple Watch different from using the Crestron app on your iPhone or Android™? Instead of having to get out of your seat to grab your phone or search through the couch cushions for your handheld remote, you can do everything from the watch that fits comfortably on your wrist. Easily change TV channels, adjust the volume, and more with the perfect hands-free device right there on your wrist, whenever you need it.

Simplify your life with the Crestron app that now supports Apple Watch, making ’easy’ your only option. Check out a short clip of the new app, below.

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